Samantha Earns Her Ears

My Secret Walt Disney World Cast Member Diary

by Samantha Diener Drucker | Release Date: August 6, 2018 | Availability: Print, Kindle

Making Every Moment Magical

Disney accepted Samantha into the college program and assigned her to work in some of the least desirable places in the parks: the Studio Backlot Tour, Frozen Funland, and a FastPass kiosk in Tomorrowland. But she had other ideas...

Typical days for Samantha included loading guests into a tram bound for Catastrophe Canyon in Hollywood Studios, making sure the youngest guests didn't eat the snow at Frozen Funland, and dealing with irate guests unable to get last-minute FastPasses for the most popular rides in Magic Kingdom (back when paper FastPasses were a thing).

Where's the pixie dust in that?

So, Samantha made her own pixie dust, in the form of magical moments for guests. Lots and lots of magical moments, even if it meant breaking Disney rules (and fortunately not getting caught!).

In her secret cast member diary, Samantha tells the delightful tale of how she got her pixie dust together and turned a punch-clock job at Walt Disney World into magic.

If you've ever wondered what it would be like not just to visit a Disney theme park but to work in one, the "Earning Your Ears" series is your E-ticket!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Before Disney

Chapter 2: Arrival

Chapter 3: Wishes and a Hidden Mickey

Chapter 4: Traditions

Chapter 5: Transtar

Chapter 6: Hollywood Studios

Chapter 7: Backlands Attractions

Chapter 8: Earning my Ears

Chapter 9: Language Pin

Chapter 10: Mine Train

Chapter 11: Alpha Unit

Chapter 12: Frozen Funland

Chapter 13: Transfer

Chapter 14: Magic Kingdom

Chapter 15: Tomorrowland

Chapter 16: Pumpkin

Chapter 17: Magical Moments

Chapter 18: Space is Down

Chapter 19: My Last Party

Chapter 20: Candlelight Processional

Chapter 21: Happy Holidays

Chapter 22: New Years in Magic Kingdom

Chapter 23: A Kiss at Midnight

Chapter 24: Parlez-vous Français?

Chapter 25: Extension

Chapter 26: Animal Kingdom

Chapter 27: And Then There Were Four

Chapter 28: Bronchitis at Disney

Chapter 29: We Don’t Say Goodbye at Disney

Chapter 30: Thanks for Making the Magic

Epilogue: Back to Reality

Appendix A: Disney Speak

Appendix B: So You Want to Work for Disney


Samantha Drucker grew up in south Florida and became an avid Disney World enthusiast from a young age. Her love of all things Disney inspired her to write a book about her year as a cast member.

She currently still lives in south Florida as she continues her college education, speaks at local schools about her writing, and continues to write more books.

You can follow her upcoming books, speaking schedule, and upcoming Disney trips on her Instagram page: sdrucker405.

This is her second book, with many more on the way.

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